THE GRIT AND GRACE OF CORETTA SCOTT KING

Every day that he holds the Presidency, Donald Trump does something outrageous. He blusters, he just plain lies, and he bullies. He pushes his decisions, his executive orders, down the throats of a Congress that he dominates. Why not let the democratic process work and let them vote to build a wall and pay for it, instead of insisting, by executive order, that the wall will be built. In just one short week as President, he has demeaned our democracy and our voters, caused international turmoil, and more. But he is doing exactly what he said he would do. We’ve been here before. Remember Ronald Reagan, the President who cut school lunches and declared ketchup a vegetable? Remember warmo

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE ECONOMY?

The economic philosophies of Democrats and Republicans are drastically different. While neither party is interested in dismantling the predatory capitalism that extracts surplus value from workers, Republicans are more interested in reinforcing predatory capitalism and “free markets”, while Democrats are more interested in ameliorating the effects of predatory capitalism and regulating markets in ways that produce somewhat more equitable results than so-called free markets. Democrats are more likely to protect and support workers, while Republicans are more likely to oppress them. Thus, many Democrats have advocated for an increased minimum wage, while Republicans have opposed it. There a

A PARADIGM SHIFT – CREATIVE DISRUPTION!

When Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, he envisioned all kinds of people descending on our nation’s capital, bringing demands to federal agencies. He envisioned people pushing for affordable housing, for quality education, for better health care, for minority business development programs, and more. He envisioned them demanding these things, and occupying government offices until these things were produced. Unfortunately, Dr. King’s death and the curse of disorganization prevented the Poor People’s Campaign from being exactly what Dr. King imagined. But it still made a difference, and people still refer to its conception as brilliant. The Poor People’s

WHITE WOMEN CAN’T SPEAK FOR ME, SO I WILL SUPPORT THE WOMEN’S MARCH

“Ain’t I A Woman”, railed Sojourner Truth, “I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman! I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well. And ain’t I a woman? I’ve borne thirteen children and seen most all sold off and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman.” The similarities and differences between Black and white women are captured in Sojourner Truth’s famous December 1851 speech. She movingly talks about the men who say women should be “helped into carriages, and moved over ditches, and have the best place everywhere”, while “nobody ev

CELEBRATE THE PANTHERS TO CELEBRATE RESISTANCE

Matthew “Peanut” Johnson was sixteen when San Francisco Police officer Alvin Johnson killed him. The unarmed teen was said to have been fleeing a stolen car, and Johnson claimed that he feared for his life, so he shot. The September 27, 1966 slaying was too much for African Americans in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, and folks took it to the streets in protest. Through the lens of “law and order”, the uprising was so out of control that Governor “Pat” Edmund Brown called in the National Guard. Some thought that calling the National Guard was an inflammatory overreaction. As the history website FoundSF writes of the scene: "Perhaps the best indication of both the

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